I agree link would be much easier to use but I can't help thinking it would also release accidently more easily. I tend to get my regular band often stuck in cuffs and I find it hard to believe link would hold in those cases.I think the leather loop looks more attractive. I don’t like the blister-pack look of the new leather link. It also has an unnatural sheen which looks more like plastic. To other people, it looks more like a sport band.
However, I think the new link band is more practical and easier to put on. My guess is that Apple changed the attachment method for the sake of people with thicker hands. The leather loop can be a little tricky to slide on your wrist if you’re a bigger person.
Is there much difference how easily they can drop accidently? Any problems with color rubbing off or staining clothes?
Sounds like I made the right choice because I was worried about accidental drops with link.I actually do think that dropping accidentally is a serious risk with the links. I have a bunch of loops and one of the new links. I've never had any problem with the loops in terms of coming off, they barely loosen at all over the course of an entire day's wear. By contrast with the link, probably every couple of hours if I'm active at all (and I'm talking walking around and typing, not, like, the gym) I end up adjusting the band to tighten it up.
I’ve never had my blue loop bleed it’s color. I wouldn’t be surprised if some 3rd party options did, but not Apples leather bands.
Thanks for confirming they have good colorfastness! I was expecting that as I haven't had any issues with other Apple leather products with that so far, but never had something against my skin for that long as watch band will be.I prefer the leather loop and have three of them. They are by far my favorite Apple Watch bands and they really elevate the look, in my opinion. I've never had any issues with colorfastness -- they are well made.